Visuals lacked the promised magic due to non-HD Sky viewing, found the story to be a little too one note and the heavy handed ending didn't help win me over. The tiger looked wonderful throughout, certainly feel I missed something visually interesting in a 3D cinema screening.
The original Iron Man movie is fantastic, second only in the Marvel universe to The Avengers. Iron Man 2 was, lets be honest, pretty boring and forgettable. The third outing needed to go off in some strange new direction to avoid falling into a similar trap and it certainly gives it a good shot.
The attack on Tony's cliff side crib is so exciting, explosive and emotional that it's hard to see how the rest of the film could top it. Sadly, it doesn't. There are some thrilling moments, however, that come close but Shane Black never manages to crank it back up to eleven. While Tony's tech has made some serious advances, born out of what we see in The Avengers, the film often felt like it was transporting me back to the late 80s. Probably not that surprising considering the director wrote Leathal Weapon, and despite one section coming off like a homage to that classic series, it was nice to see Stark and Rhodes ducking behind containers and bromancing between the gunfire. Cheadle didn't completely suck, which is hard for me to type, yet I'd put money on those scenes being even better with my homeboy Terrence Howard still in the role.
Kingsley rocks the hell out of his part, Pearce is also great to watch while I didn't completely understand or buy into his motivation. I'll admit I really enjoyed not knowing where the story was going, there are a couple of nice surprises along the way, the ending managing to totally pull the rug from under me leaving me more puzzled than satisfied. I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing, but at least it was different.
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